Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Skull and Bones Wreath

From Joann fabrics instructions here


  • 2 3’ Tall Posable Skeletons
  • Small Screw Driver
  • Small Hack Saw or Craft Saw
  • Medium Grit Sandpaper
  • Strong Thick Quick Setting Adhesive
  • 4” x 6” Slate Sign
  • Chalk or Chalk Marker
  • Spiders and Spider Webbing


Refer to photo for bone placement.
Follow manufacturer’s directions and allow adhesive to set up completely.

  • Use a small screw driver to take apart skeletons; leave one set of hands attached to forearm bones.
  • Use a small saw to cut off joint hinges and spine below rib cage.
  • Where necessary, sand edges smooth with sandpaper.
  • If desired, fill holes with thick adhesive.
  • Lay skull with rib cage on a flat surface; place bones around in a 14’ – 16” circle.
  • Beginning with the shoulders, carefully glue bones together.
  • Use chalk or permanent chalk marker to write desired words onto slate sign.
  • Firmly adhere sign to bottom portion of wreath.
  • Adhere hands and forearms as if holding sign.
  • Place spiders and webbing as desired.

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016

    How to make a Spider Dog Costume

    From Joann fabrics instructions here


    • Spider costume patterns
    • 1 pkg Feltables felt in black
    • 1 pkg 9" x 12" Darice Craft Fur in black
    • 2 pkgs of Jumbo Chenille Stems in black
    • 1 pkg 30" x 5/8" Sew On Soft & Flexible Velcro® in black
    • Small bag of Poly-Fil
    • Sewing machine
    • Basic sewing supplies


    1. To print the patterns, click on the "Download Project PDF" button (above).
    2. Using pattern pieces, trace and cut spider base out of felt and spider body out of fur.
    3. Cut chenille stems into 6 21" pieces. Using spider base pattern as a guide, place chenille stems onto base. Using a whip stitch, hand sew each piece onto base, with 2" of each stem overlapping onto the felt.
    4. With chenille "legs" facing up, lay the wrong side of the fur on top of the felt base. Using sewing machine, attach the two pieces together by topstitching around the entire body, leaving a 2" opening at the bottom. Be careful sewing around "legs" - hand cranking the wheel may be necessary to avoid breaking the needle.
    5. Stuff spider with enough Poly-Fil to fill out the two segments of the body. Sew opening closed by machine.
    6. Cut Velcro® into 2 2" pieces. Sew each piece onto the neck and chest strap of costume by machine.
    7. Fold each leg in half (6" from the end) and twist together. Make a 1" bend at the bottom to create "foot." Bend each Leg in the middle to create "knee."

    Monday, October 17, 2016

    Spider web High tops

    Joann Fabrics instructions here


    • Tulip® One-Step Tie-Dye Kit®: Black
    • Tulip® Soft® Fabric Paint: Purple Glow
    • Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint: Natural Glow
    • White canvas high top Sneakers
    • Cosmetic sponge
    • Plastic cups for mixing dye
    • Disposable plastic surface cover


    1. Wash and dry shoes to remove any sizing.
    2. Mix dye according to package directions. Pour a small amount into plastic mixing cup and add water to create a light gray shade.
    3. Working on covered work surface, use cosmetic sponge to dab gray dye randomly over sneakers.
    4. Add additional Black dye to cup to create dark gray shade. Dab dye over sneakers again. Allow sneakers to set 6-8 hours.
    5. Wash and dry sneakers. Use cosmetic sponge to randomly dab Purple Glow Soft Paint over sneakers. Allow to dry.
    6. Use dimensional Natural Glow paint to draw “spider webs” on sides of sneakers. Allow to dry.

    Sunday, October 16, 2016

    Doily Web Hoop

    Joann Instructions here


    • 12" embroidery hoop
    • Doily of choice
    • Black poms
    • Black chenille stems
    • Green hemp or floss
    • Black ribbon
    • Black acrylic paint
    • Foam brush
    • Scissors


    1. Separate hoops. Paint both sections of the hoop black and allow to dry.
    2. String the doily onto the inner hoop with green hemp or floss.
    3. Place inner hoop inside the larger hoop and tighten the screw.
    4. Cut an 8" length of black ribbon and tie onto the screw for hanging.
    5. Cut 4 chenille stems in half. Glue 2 poms together and the center of the stems under the larger pom to make a spider.
    6. SCut a 6" length of hemp or floss. Glue one end to bottom of the spider, and tie the other end to the hoop.

    Saturday, October 15, 2016

    Pretty Bat Mask

    Instructions from Joann Fabrics here


    • Tulip® Dimensional Fabric Paint -- Black
    • 16"x16" black tulle
    • Waxed paper
    • Tape
    • Paper towel
    • Scissors
    • Pattern
    • 1/4" black ribbon (1 yd)
    1. To print the pattern, click on the "Download Project PDF" button (above) and tape waxed paper over pattern.
    2. Tape tulle over waxed paper, to cover waxed paper and entire pattern.
    3. Shake paint bottle to be sure there are no air bubbles in the tip.
    4. Practice drawing lines on a paper towel, being careful not to drag tip of bottle on the paper towel, for smooth lines.
    5. Trace lines of pattern with tip of paint bottle. Let dry completely.
    6. Cut around edges of mask and inside the eyes, cutting through the waxed paper.
    7. Carefully peel waxed paper off the back of the mask.
    8. Cut a 1/4" slit on each side of the mask.
    9. Cut ribbon into 2 pieces; poke ribbon through the slits on each side, and tie in a knot.
    10. Place mask around face and tie in the back to complete.

    Friday, October 14, 2016

    Halloween Key Printable

    Download available here

    Computer/color printer
    Crafting tools, supplies
    Print image to craft with by stenciling, coloring or cutting and more!